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MARILYN HAGERTY: Old Glory flies faithfully over Columbia Road

Never mind that this is Friday the 13th. People almost have forgotten that you should not walk under a ladder or take any chances on this day.

More important is the fact that Saturday is Flag Day. And Old Glory will be flying — as she usually does — over Perkins and near Altru on Columbia Road. It’s a beautiful display. She will fly from City Hall downtown and the nearby Grand Forks Herald building. Far too few flags are flying from homes, but Belmont Road homeowners seem strong on the red, white and blue.

History accounts are full of stories about whether or not Betsy Ross designed the first flag. They also tell us that by an act of Congress in 1949, the 14th day of June was designated as National Flag Day.

You can go way back to stories about Bernard Cigrand, a grade school teacher in Waubeka, Wis., who promoted the observance of Flag Day.

Among the joys of June is the Grand Cities Art Fest downtown this weekend. … And Father’s Day on Sunday. … While Turtle River State Park is calling kids to a Fishing Derby Saturday afternoon.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What was happening around Grand Forks 125 years ago today?

A. Well, it was the year of statehood, but the university was already up and running. On June 13, 1889, the first graduates of UND founded the Alumni Association. Today the Alumni Association and Foundation is holding a meeting at 11 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

Q. It seems the personalized license plates running around here are getting more clever than ever?


A friend noticed a message above a license plate that said: GET IN … SIT DOWN … SHUT UP … HOLD ON

Kristin and Ryan

Cheerful persons of the week: Kristin Alphson and Ryan Kasowski.


Reach Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055.